Network at the heart of Techcelerate

Techcelerate is evolving and as I like stories, it’s good to capture the stages it goes through together with rationales at the time. Based on recent internal discussions, Techcelerate’s core focus will be supported by three further services. Mission: Help Tech Companies of Manchester achieve their full potential and grow faster towards achieving £100m revenues. […]

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Hottest 25 VCs in Europe

According to an analysis by Dealroom.co, below are the 25 most successful venture capitalists of Europe today. It’s good to see six of the top 10 have a significant presence in the UK. Thanks to Balderton Capital’s early investment into The Hut Group, at least the North West is represented as far as the portfolio […]

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Where does Manchester fit into UK and European funding markets?

According to research undertaken by London & Partners, UK captured more funding than any other European country since Brexit vote with London attracting 80% of that funding and topping other European cities with ease. Based on data taken from PitchBook from 24th June 2016 to end of May 2018, the following graph captures the level […]

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Launching Techcelerate Coffees on 15th May #TechcelerateCoffees

Remember #OpenCoffees which I started in Manchester in March 2007, three weeks after Saul Klein first introduced the concept? I am relaunching the same as #TechcelerateCoffees on 15th May 2018 at the same venue (Starbucks, 10 -12 Mount Street, Ground Floor Television House, Manchester, M2 5PB, United Kingdom behind the Central Library) from 10:00 to 12:00 […]

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Enterprise Management Incentive (EMI) is changing

Enterprise Management Incentive (EMI) share options usually benefit from a very attractive tax treatment in the UK. Provided qualifying conditions are met, no income tax or Insurance Contributions (NIC) arise on the grant to, or exercise of EMI options by employees. When the shares are sold, the gains to the employees are taxed at Capital Gains […]

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Opportunity for a recruitment company

Once a company raises investment, the initial spend is usually on hiring new talent before focusing on sales and marketing spend. We recognise the value a recruitment partner can bring to our clients. If you are a recruitment company and works with technology companies, you might be interested in partnering with us. If so, please consider […]

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Learning from mistakes

I am learning from a mistake I made and instead of hiding under the carpet, thought of sharing it and the actions I plan to take to avoid such in the future. The mistake involved two parts.   Working with My interpretation of “working with” was not interpreted by my friend the same way, even […]

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#SaaSTMSf18 is no more, but future looks bright

As some of you know, Stewart Townsend and I worked for several months to get a Tech Mission to San Francisco off the grounds for Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) companies. We made a number of mistakes which resulted in having to cancel it two weeks ago. I like to share our learnings in case it may help […]

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Manchester is the best UK city for Freelancers

A thriving Freelance community is vital for the sustainability of a tech ecosystem. It allows tech companies to easily source talent for short-term projects without being burdened by heavy recruitment costs. I came to know the freelancer community of Manchester through Andrew Disley due to his efforts in bringing the community through GeekUp Events in […]

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Fact finding mission to Sri Lanka

I visited Sri Lanka for a week in January 2018 in order to understand better the Sri Lankan tech ecosystem with the intention of developing UK Sri Lanka Tech Partnership, where Techcelerate Ventures would deliver a number of services in collaboration with Sri Lankan partners. The visit included meeting a number of potential partners and […]

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